Cinderella Walk

Between The Lines

By Alan Curtis

A sketch of Cinderella Walk between the Engine Sheds and the Railway Lines. The six foot stone wall encloses the Engine Sheds from the public. The fencing is there to keep the public off of the lines. The  sketch is from the foot bridge at the top of the back lane to Bradder St. looking toward Sheepbridge Lane.  Over the lines to the right is the Hayfield and the Cocoa Pond. Over the stone wall is firstly the yard to the entrance to the sheds, then further along the wall is where the railway stored many tons of coal. Along the other side of the wall the roof you can see are the offices to the Railway Engine Sheds, which is where my father's office was situated, many is the time my sister and I have taken him his Sunday Dinner. The old carriage you can see the top of, is where the Italian P.O.W.'S had their work base. I have since thought how better off than us they were. In the distance of Cinderella Walk was where railway sleepers stood on end for a stronger fence, for it was where the pedestrian railway crossing was, and the lines separated and the trains either went into the sheds or over the viaduct that still stands today.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Cinderella Walk' page
This page was added on 26/06/2013.
Comments about this page

How well I remember that view with the kissing gates at the pedestrian crossing over the line at south junction, we used to walk that way to the two mill dams at the hermitage in the late 50s and early 60s and the viaduct you mention over the Maun valley I cycled over that the other day. I now live about twelve miles south of Mansfield, have done since 1973 but I quite often cycle to Mansfield and over the viaduct up by the river past where the two dams used to be to Hermitage Lane then up to Kings Mill, a lot has changed but I can still recognise quite a few of my childhood haunts.

By Peter Bowler
On 18/07/2013

Thank you peter, we really did live in a beautiful area that taught us much about growing up and appreciating all that was around us...Times were hard, not just for us, but for everyone in and around our town.... Our Ancestors/Predecessors, left us an area and town to be very proud of, it is hoped that in some small way, we can continue the good work they left behind them...alan

By alan curtis
On 19/07/2013

Yes Alan, Quarry Lane, Fattymans Bank and Hermitage are still nice places and you are right times were hard in that first ten or so years after WW2, I started school in 1952 and at that time only two families had a car in our street and there where forty houses in the street that's about 5% car ownership, a bit different now!

By Peter Bowler
On 28/07/2013